Traces of War: Poetry, Photography, and the Crisis of the Union

By: Sweet, Timothy

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Hardcover with dust jacket, brown cloth with copper spine titles, 15.5 by 23.5 cm, x 240 pp., illus. The hardcover is very good with minor shelf wear and some sunning to the lower edges of the boards. The jacket has light edge wear, some yellowing and uneven fading, and a sticker ghost above the title on the front panel. A wonderful book on the power and importance of photography and poetry in war. From the front flap: “Traces of War is the first book to offer a comparative study of the literature and photography of the Civil War. Examining poems by such authors as Walt Whitman and Herman Melville as well as photographs by Matthew Brady, George Bernard, Alexander Gardner, and others, Timothy Sweet explores the interconnections between artistic and political representation. While traditional studies of Civil War photographs rarely go beyond the identification of photographers, dates, and subjects, Traces of War treats these works not as historical documents but as ideological productions. Discussing an 1863 Alexander Gardner photograph, for instance, Sweet explains how the photographer’s careful rearrangement of a dead soldier’s mutilated body seeks to make sense of war’s violence. Turning to literary representations of the war, Sweet shows how Whitman’s Drum-Taps expresses the pro-war ideology of the North, and he explores Melville‘s critical struggle with this ideology in Battle-Pieces. Throughout, sweet stresses the relationship of photography and literature to long-established American traditions of the pastoral and the picturesque.”

Title: Traces of War: Poetry, Photography, and the Crisis of the Union

Author Name: Sweet, Timothy

Categories: Poetry, Photography, Civil War,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Baltimore/London, John Hopkins University Press: 1990

ISBN Number: 0801839599

ISBN Number 13: 9780801839597

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Good

Seller ID: 3569